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Stories from the journey of fatherhood & brotherhood
Take Off Your Shoes honor kenya story Feb 23, 2020

The dirt streets were rainy and muddy, so we took our shoes off as we entered their home. 

Our team was inside one of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. A few years ago the slum held one hundred thousand people. Today it’s home to half a million. Sprawling houses were sided and roofed with tin. My sheltered and naive eyes thought they looked closer to livestock windbreaks than homes. There was no sewer system. A blue tinted waste water trickled down the muddy orange dirt roads. The slum...

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He's Having A Seizure epilepsy fathering story Jan 31, 2020

The words of my fifteen-year-old daughter pierced through our house on that crisp late fall morning, as the silence was broken with, “He’s having a seizure.”

In July of 2019, my son Ethan (13) was diagnosed with epilepsy. On a Saturday morning my wife and I came into the living room and discovered our son Ethan sitting there, leaned over on the couch, his body rigid and shaking, his eyes rolled back, and unresponsive to our frantic calls of his name. I am not sure I have...

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My Father's Bench construction fatherhood parenting story Jan 24, 2020

He was often out in the barn. Our 40’ pole barn anchored an eight acre farm where dad parked his truck, organized his tools, and lived out the things he was passionate about. If that barn could talk, it would tell stories of tractors, sawdust, blood, break-ins, parties and games of kick the can under the mercury light. Growing up, this was my dad’s space. He built things there.

As I went to college, our family moved, leaving the farm, the barn and all the stories behind. My dad...

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The War Inside brotherhood story Jan 15, 2020
The war inside almost overwhelmed me. I stood facing two of my closest brothers as they created a physical barrier between me and the car door. With determination in their eyes, they stood their ground. It was clear, I would not win this battle.
 
The war was not one against sin, though my friends have valiantly fought that with me as well. No, this time, I was deep in the trenches of my own story. 
 
You see, I grew up in a home where I was given the roles of protector,...
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Why We Shouldn't Bury Things brotherhood honesty music story Dec 06, 2019

We shouldn’t bury things. Here’s why...

Over the past year or so, I’ve shared parts of my story of writing and playing music. I wrote a lot of songs in my 20s, but then once “life happened,” playing my guitar and singing my songs got pushed aside. And after being pushed, they were forgotten. After forgotten, eventually hidden. And a part of me that lived passionately, freely and vulnerably was hidden with it. 

A few weekends ago, I found myself surprised by...

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